Friday, February 25, 2011

Neon ... and neutral?

Yes, you heard that right! Today's topic is neon&neutral, a trend that is subtly sneaking its way onto the scene.

I first encountered this oddly captivating combination at Forever 21, in the form of this bra:

Neon yellow with gray lace? That's a combination I did not already own, which made this a very rare bra, which is why I grabbed it right away! The $5.80 price tag helped, too.

But in the back of my mind, I thought it reminded me of something. Cue the latest Victoria's Secret catalog:

Neon orange with beige lace, $58! Now, I'm not going to be so quick to grab this one - but if it was $5.80 like the Forever 21 version? Maybe.

Neon&neutral is definitely a novelty combination, especially in lingerie, so I'd definitely recommend buying the less expensive version in case this trend dies out faster than a celebrity's marriage. Of course, the quality won't be quite the same, but if this becomes a staple item for you, then you could buy the more expensive one!

What do you think about this new combination? Love it or leave it?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beauty Addicts Anonymous

OK, now this is cool.

It's the 100th post over at
Beauty Addicts Anonymous, and along with offering one lucky follower their choice of 1 MAC lipstick and 1 MAC eyeshadow ...

... the winner will also get an extra gift chosen to suit their personality!

How awesome is that? She'll come look at your blog to get an idea for what you'd like, and then add it to the prize. I think that's a fantastic idea!

Head over HERE to enter!

stila Giveaway!

I swear, if you follow one beauty blog, within a month you'll be following them all!

This is because all beauty bloggers love to give things away to their readers, and those readers blog about the giveaways, and the next thing you know, your Reader is full of blog entries about ... other blogs!

This is going to be one of those entries. Ms Eggplant is giving away 3 stila products to one lucky winner!

Enter to WIN here!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

London's Boutique 220 Followers Giveaway

London's Boutique is celebrating 220 followers with some fab UK beauty products that are practically impossible to get ahold of here in the US!

Enter to WIN here!

PS: I know I've been blogging a lot about giveaways, does anyone mind? Personally, I know I find a lot of cool new blogs to follow through other bloggers linking to giveaways, but I know you might have a different opinion ...

Beauty Bloggings Giveaway

The lovely Jenn of Beauty Bloggings is hosting a giveaway that runs through Feb 24, 2011!
Prizes include 1 MAC lipstick and 1 MAC eyeshadow of the winner's choice, as well as a set of No7 nail polishes, as pictured below:

Enter to WIN here!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Free Is Better.

I mention/ link to independent mineral makeup companies a lot, and I know there are lots of women out there who have never tried buying mineral makeup online and might be understandably wary of it.

For that reason, I thought I'd make a list of the companies who offer free samples, which can help you try out both the specific company's item, and mineral makeup in general!

I will be posting this in a tab for easy reference and upd
ating as needed. Let me know if there are other companies you know of with similar sample programs!

Vicious Cosmetics - First sample is free, all you have to do is convo with your address and color choice. When I did this, I actually ended up buying 10 samples in addition to the free one >.< 

Face Candy Couture - Follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and you can get 5 random samples. I understand the owner has been a bit overwhelmed with requests, so it may take a while to get your free samples.

Sweet Libertine - Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and you will get 2 random samples in return.

That award that's been going around

I caught it!

The Stylish Blogger Award has been passed on to me by Amanda, or
Snarky P, of The Eyes Have It!

Very fitting in my opinion, because Amanda's always posting such incredibly cool makeup ideas and, lately, some seriously awesome nail art, too!

Anyway, on to the details of the award:
With the acceptance of the award, you must follow these rules:
1 - Thank and link back to the person that awarded you this award
2 - Share 7 things about yourself
3 - Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4 - Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

So here are 7 things about me, in no particular order of importance:

1. My favorite color is purple - any and all shades of purple! I will wear or buy purple items over any others.

2. For some reason, I enjoy putting away groceries. (???)

3. I have (and adore!) two cats, but really, really want dogs; so I do a lot of pet-sitting and squealing over cute puppy vids on YouTube.

4. I love to learn new things, but I HATE school.

5. I always, always try to match my .... er ... underthings to my outfit, and my outfit to my makeup!

6. I have a serious addiction to perfume. Even when I think I've found "the one," I keep on buying new ones >.<

7. Blogger ate it. Seriously, am I the only one who hates blogger???!!!

Here are the 15 blogs I have passed the award on to:

1. My friend Shelby's blog (not) Making It Up, which is a great resource for mineral makeup reviews and swatches as well as other fun stuff

2. Pretty Nerdy Girls, a blog with tons of inspiring makeup looks and my all-time fave, Caturdays

3. My friend Mel's blog cracked nails & black eyes, for more reviews and fun

4. Kira and Lydia's Makeup Home - are you seeing a theme here?

5. The Painted Moonkin, for both glitter and geekery

6. Makeup, Etc! for loads of droolworthy pics of shiny pretties

7. Just a Domesticated Glitter Goddess for (as you may have been able to guess) more makeup

8. Tons of beautiful makeup ideas, as well as outfits and gorgeous photography over at Makeup Barbie

9. UK girls and Americans alike will love The Beauty Spot

10. "A million little glittery things" at Like a Rockett ...

11. I actually found Rural Glamour because of the blog sale (I got MAC Pop Mode lipglass :)

12. Deyi Mizu is another makeup blog I love, and she lives in the same area as me ^.^

13. FashioNikka is a new blog with lots of fab outfits-of-the-day!

14. Tynga's someone I first "met" on the fan page of a mineral makeup company, and her blog, My Makeup Addiction, is full of reviews and swatches of indie MMU

15. Nouveau Cheap is THE blog to follow for anyone who likes getting incredible deals on the things they want to buy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Check Out Annamax!

I always love to find new blogs to follow via the blogs I already love, so I thought I'd share this one with you.

Annamax has a beauty and nail polish related blog that she updates pretty regularly.

She's also doing a giveaway right now, with products you cannot buy anymore, so be sure to head over there and check it out!

PS - If there are any outstanding beauty, fashion, or other blogs you follow and would like to share with the class, leave a link in the comments :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Major, Massive, Monstrous Giveaway!!!

Beauty bloggers have this thing about doing giveaways. Sure, they bring in more followers, but in my opinion, the girls love to do giveaways because they genuinely love their readers and want to share their favorite products with them.

And GlamaDazzle's ginormous 200+ Followers Giveaway is the best possible confirmation of this theory - she is giving away over $1,000 worth of luxury cosmetics from NARS and Urban Decay!!!

Yes, ALL of that. She is giving one lucky winner ALL of that stuff.

Pick your jaw up off the floor and head over there to enter to win by Feb 28th!
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